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Your Least Favourite Song of The Beatles
21 November 2009
3.20am
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I would have to agree with Wild Honey Pie, it just seems so. . . disjointed. Not really a fan of Martha My Dear either, something about knowing it's about Paul's dog just seems to put me off it. I also realize that Revolution 9 is something that I can appreciate, but I still don't listen to it often. Oddly enough, I love Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, it's one of my favorites.

21 November 2009
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skye
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I find Wild Honey Pie amusing if only because it inspired the Mr. Satarn theme in EarthBound. There are a ton of Beatles references in that game! (Which is why it will never show up on the Virtual Console. sigh.) But yes, it's hard to listen to by itself.

Joe - I'll get the stereo version. I have a clip from in In My Life as my ringtone, George Martin's piano solo in fact.

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24 November 2009
2.15am
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It really bugs me when I tell people I like Ob La Di Ob La Da and they say "That song is so stupid!" They don't have a reason to hate it! I personally don't like I Am The Walrus. It's way to overrated

25 November 2009
4.44am
Eleanor Rigby
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I love Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, it's one of my absolute favorites! So you're not alone. Smile

28 November 2009
10.10pm
Revolution 10
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My least favourites are probably Your Mother Should Know and Don't Pass Me By - the latter has some of the worst lyrics I've heard ('You were in a car crash/ And you lost your hair'). But to be fair, until I bought the boxset last week, I've never owned the early Beatles albums. I was raised on everything from Rubber Soul onwards so although I know that material really well, the early albums are unknown quantities to me (except for the ones you'd expect me to know).

Maxwell's Silver Hammer is no favourite, but I'm really surprised by how hated it is! Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da I really like, except to type!

29 November 2009
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Hold Me Tight, although a decent enough tune, sounds a really shoddy recording.

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"
29 November 2009
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mjb said:Hold Me Tight, although a decent enough tune, sounds a really shoddy recording.


When I was about 5, that was one of my favorites.

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7 December 2009
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Purse-only, I think the worst recording that The Beatles ever made was a track called ' If You've Got Trouble' which has a Ringo vocal, and sounds as though it got lost in the netherland between 'Ticket To Ride' and 'Help'. I have to say that I never actually appreciated 'Free As A Bird'. The idea of taking a Lennon vocal from around 1977, (His so-called self imposed retirement from playing the game), and mixing in a McCartney/Harrison/Starr mix from 1993 seemed to lose the boyancy of the original Beatles work. It does have something interesting about it... But it only served to remind me that the genius of The Beatles was realised when they worked under that whole which was bigger than any one part!

7 December 2009
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Amphion said:I have to say that I never actually appreciated 'Free As A Bird'. The idea of taking a Lennon vocal from around 1977, (His so-called self imposed retirement from playing the game), and mixing in a McCartney/Harrison/Starr mix from 1993 seemed to lose the boyancy of the original Beatles work. It does have something interesting about it... But it only served to remind me that the genius of The Beatles was realised when they worked under that whole which was bigger than any one part!


I think, for me, what's interesting about that song is the ghostly quality of it. The fact that it is just a salvaged rickety old tape adds to the mystique and the irony of John actually being in the song.

The fact that he seems... I don't know. There, but not there at the same time makes me like the song; that Paul, George and Ringo are sort of living for him through his music. I dunno, I just get the shivers thinking that it's as if he's alive again with his best friends jamming like they used to.

Tongue, lose thy light. Moon, take thy flight… see ya, George!
8 December 2009
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"Free As A Bird" is fascinating and wonderful and moving and also quite disheartening -- but is it even a Beatles song?  To me, it's great but really much more so as it touches on the Beatle myth and the story, less because of any inherent qualities as a song.  (Though I do love Paul's chorus - 'whatever happened to...')

"We were just a band, who made it very very big, that's all."
8 December 2009
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That song had its radio debut on BBC Radio One very early one morning - I think it was about 4am, and Annie Nightingale was wheeled out to give her first reactions (mixed, I believe). I was a student at the time, and remember setting up my alarm and blearily putting the radio on to hear it.

It was a very odd experience to hear The Beatles again, performing a song I'd not heard before, with John and Paul taking it in turns to sing. It might not be their finest hour, but I'll always remember that first time.

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8 December 2009
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It wasn't until Anthology came out that I first heard 'Leave My Kitten Alone.' Although not a Lennon/McCartney original, that song, more than 'Free As A Bird' captures the essance of The Beatles sound. It should have been included on Beatles For Sale!

23 December 2009
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K-Ren
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Hmm.. the Beatles tracks I always skip :

The Long And Winding Road - I really dislike the lyrics: " The wild and windy night/ That the rain washed away/ Has left a pool of tears/ Crying for the day" Just makes me cringe. The Let It Be Naked version is slightly improved, because it has that orchestral thing taken out.

Let It Be - I have a bit of a problem with preachy kind of songs!

Across The Universe - Phil Spector strikes again! Nothing wrong with the flange-less original, no need to mess it up.

Hey Jude - Did it really need to be that long, or all that "Judey Judey Judey Judey Jude Waaaooooww" at the end?

Eleanor Rigby - I think I have something against orchestral arrangements being the centrepiece of songs.

Old Brown Shoe- Not huge on it to be honest.

25 December 2009
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I dont like Yellow Submarine. I mean its not so bad after a playtime of a minute or so, lets say, I get used to it, but its the one I really dont like. I also dont like a lot of what they did on the White Album. To me, its not a Beatles album. Its John with some guys, paul with some guys and so on - and thats exactly, what John somewhen said. Songs like "Good Night", "Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" sounds just horrible to me. 10 songs or so from the White Album are great, the rest is for me just rubbish.

In the other hand, I cant understand, why Lewishon said that "Beatles For Sale" should be their worst album. You can hear that they was tired, when they recorded it - yes. But it does have its own charme. No Reply is a great opener, I'm a Loser, Babys in Black is just a great and to me one of their most underrated songs, Rock n Roll Music is an highlight as well and I'll Follow The Sun is one of my favourites, too. Dont forget Words Of Love.

Youre mother should know is quite a poor song. I wouldnt say that I dislike it, but its not far away from this judgement. Funny enough - I dont listen to often to Yesterday. Its a great song but somehow I cant stand it. Fixing A Hole or Lovely Rita are just fillers, Its all to much is a good one but its faaaar to long.

26 December 2009
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Is it just me or does Words Of Love sound like Everyday by Buddy Holly?

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26 December 2009
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Alissa
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skye said:Is it just me or does Words Of Love sound like Everyday by Buddy Holly?


Words Of Love to me sound very much like a Simon and Garfukel-esque song, which is funny, because they hadn't even appeared just yet. I wonder if the Beatles influenced them any?

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26 December 2009
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skye
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Gah. That's what I get for posting a before looking up the song,

"Written and recorded by Buddy Holly in 1957, Words Of Love was the only of his songs to be recorded by The Beatles."

*facepalm*

Simon and Garfunkel could have been influenced by them, but probably not with this song. Embarassed

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26 December 2009
10.33pm
Day Tripper
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As you probably know: John was a huge fan of Buddy Holly - thats why he came up with the name "The Beatles" - cause the Band of Buddy was called "The Crickets" and John wanted to have a Bandname which has two meanings as well.

I like the harmony vocals of Words Of Love and the sound of the guitars. Its not a great one, but lovely - I enjoy to listen to once in a while. But my favourite For Sale-numbers are definetly Baby's In Black and I'll Follow The Sun.

27 December 2009
5.06am
Henry the Horse
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Hi to all -- new to the forum.

Least favorite songs, in no particular order (unless "as I think of them" is a particular order):

Blue Jay Way

Long, Long, Long

A Taste Of Honey

When I Get Home

Tell Me What You See

And as a side category, "Great songs made forgettable by lackluster performances":

There's a Place

Every Little Thing

I think the above two are great L-Mc songs, but TAP needs a better (and slower) arrangement, whereas ELT needs to be sped up (slightly) and delivered with the same punch and energy as anything from the AHDN album.  A bored, distracted performance to my ears.

28 December 2009
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Alissa
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skye said:

Simon and Garfunkel could have been influenced by them, but probably not with this song. Embarassed


I knew as much as them not being influenced by that very song- I was thinking more in general as it's apparent that many artists list the Beatles as a driving force behind how they write their music.

I just meant it as a side-thought, is all. Wink

And welcome Henry the Horse! Man, I wish we could have an intro thread, so we know what to call everyone! I have to agree with you about Every Little Thing, I think it could have been great. I love the way it's sung at least, lyrics, melody, the whole bit, but if it had the slightest more oomph I think more people would be into it.

Tongue, lose thy light. Moon, take thy flight… see ya, George!
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